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The European Parliament backs our vision for an Arctic sanctuary

Posted by Neil Hamilton — 12 March 2014 at 3:54pm - Comments
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Tonight I’ll sleep well, knowing that there is finally something happening within the international community about protecting the Arctic.

Crazy weather and crazy politicians

Posted by Alex Harris — 14 February 2014 at 1:05pm - Comments
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Australian bush fires, NSW 2013

Sydney Harbour Bridge was barely visible through the smoke and amber coloured sky. Men covered in protective clothing sprayed water at the blazing bush. A row of four ducks swiftly waddled their way out of danger.

That was the first time I had seen my new home, Sydney, for over two months. I couldn’t smell or feel the burning heat from the fires but I witnessed the fires and their destructive paths on the TV, the TV inside my Russian prison cell.

Shell's Arctic Albatross

Posted by James Turner — 30 January 2014 at 5:04pm - Comments
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Shell's arctic drill ship, the Kulluk, run aground off the coast of Alaska

A little over ten years ago, Shell decided to invest in a major new project - drilling in the melting Arctic ocean off the Alaskan coast. At the time, oil prices were rocketing upwards and the world's demand for oil seemed to be rising inexorably. Shell believed it could bring modern technology to bear on one of the most hostile environments on the planet, and walk away with some of the estimated 90bn barrels of oil that experts believe exist in the Arctic.

You can’t sink a rainbow, you can’t seize a sunrise

Posted by Alex Harris — 22 January 2014 at 3:44pm - Comments
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Alex Harris at the Greenpeace office in London

I trembled as I walked through the grounds of Murmansk prison on the 26th September.

Inmates watched me and the arrival of the other notorious 29 new prisoners through their cell windows. It was pitch black outside, but the prison was alive. Alive with the sound of barking dogs, prison alarms and prisoners shouting through their barred windows.

In photos: Arctic 30 homecoming

Posted by jamie — 28 December 2013 at 12:05pm - Comments
Phil, Alex and Kieron at St Pancras station
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Phil, Alex and Kieron arrive at St Pancras station

Captain Pete Willcox is home, and the rest of the non-Russians in the Arctic 30 are either home as well or on their way. There have been some amazing scenes on their arrival home - here are a few of my favourite photos from the last two days.

VIDEO: 'All the support we received made it more bearable'

Posted by jamie — 28 December 2013 at 11:09am - Comments

Just after arriving back in London yesterday from Russia, Phil recorded this message about what all the support from around the world meant to him and the rest of the Arctic 30.

And one thank you is never enough. Here are other members of the Arctic 30 expressing their gratitude for everything you've done to support them.

2013 was HUGE. And this is what the highlights look like in 4'15"

Posted by Nic S — 27 December 2013 at 1:00am - Comments

Whether you're new to Greenpeace, or an original old-timer - thank you for an incredible year.

Christmas is ON!

Posted by Sophie Allain — 23 December 2013 at 12:55pm - Comments
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Don’t you love a good news story at Christmas? As if the Arctic 30 being granted an amnesty isn’t enough to warm your Christmas cockles, today Santa's announced that Christmas won’t be cancelled after all!

11 photos that sum up 2013

Posted by Esther Freeman — 19 December 2013 at 1:38pm - Comments

When six women climbed the Shard everyone knew it was a landmark moment. Two months later 3000 people walked with the world's largest polar bear to Shell's headquarters. Three days after that 28 peaceful activists and two journalists were arrested at gunpoint. We were practically tripping over the landmark moments in 2013.

Help save Santa’s home this Christmas

Posted by sara_a — 5 December 2013 at 5:14pm - Comments
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Santa’s in trouble, and Christmas is at risk, but you can help him. His home, the North Pole is melting fast because of climate change.

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